Nonprofit news roundup, 01.15.16

Special Olympics to benefit from extreme-sports event

More than 300 people rappelled Hyatt House Center City in Charlotte in November and and Wells Fargo’s Capitol Center in Raleigh in October and raised $177,000 for Special Olympics North Carolina through its Over the Edge event.

The next Over the Edge event will be held in Raleigh only on September 30 and October 1.

And in April, North Carolina Highway Patrol Smokey Bears will defend their overall championship title at the 16th annual Plane Pull for Special Olympics.

In 2015, 70 teams of five people each collected a total of over $90,000 to support Special Olympics athletes.

Each team competed for the fastest time pulling a 130,000-pound jet 25 feet on the UPS tarmac at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Ammons Foundation awards $232,000

The Jandy Ammons Foundation in Raleigh is giving $232,000 to eight North Carolina nonprofits to help fund capital projects that focus on the arts, wildlife conservation, education and Christian mission.

In its first three years, the foundation has awarded nearly $554,000 in grants.

The foundation was formed by Heritage developer Andy Ammons and his family.

Fayetteville Symphony awarded $100,000

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has been awarded $100,000 from the John William Pope Foundation for a youth orchestra instrument lending library.

The orchestra received the grant through the Foundation’s first statewide grants competition, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts, which generated 28 applications.

Greensboro Police mobile command center focus of fundraising

Greensboro Police Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $135,000 to help overhaul and modernize the mobile command center that the Greensboro Police Department uses for command and control in critical incidents and to promote community relations.

Equipped with outdated equipment, the mobile command center has not been upgraded since 1998.

In a previous campaign, the Foundation raised $130,000 to buy the first wave of body cameras for police officers.

Salvation Army in Winston-Salem partners with restaurants

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem is teaming up with local restaurants to serve the evening meal at The Salvation Army Center of Hope.

One day each month a different restaurant will cater dinner for residents of the Center’s Family Emergency Homeless Shelter and the Residential Re-entry Center.

At the dinners, chefs will talk about the meals they are serving, their restaurants, and the benefits of a culinary career.

Camp Corral raising $50,000 to serve military kids

Camp Corral, a free summer camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members, is kicking off an effort to raise $50,000 to enable more military kids to attend camp next year.

Founded in 2011 by Golden Corral, Camp Corral now includes 21 camps in 19 states and has served over 10,000 children.

Membership in North Carolina YMCAs now reciprocal

Starting January 1, YMCA members can use any of the more than 100 YMCAs in North Carolina, thanks to a reciprocal membership agreement developed by the North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs.

Surry Community College Foundation gets $400,000

Surry Community College Foundation in Dobson has received a gift valued at $400,000 from the late Vannie Allred Rouse to establish the Vannie Allred Rouse Scholarship to support first-year students in the school’s associate degree nursing or practical nursing program students who are graduates of a North Carolina high school and demonstrate financial need.

Joedance Film Festival gives $20,000

Joedance Film Festival, a two-day August event that raises money for rare pediatric cancer clinical trials and research at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, donated $20,000 the hospital in December.

Joedance has now raised over $75,000 for the hospital in six year.

Deadline March 31 to submit scholarship applications

March 31 is the deadline for submitting applications for a $2,500 grant to The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance for post-secondary education to a resident of North Carolina or South Carolina. For contact Betsy Gamburg at Jewish Family Services in Greensboro at 336.852.4829, ext. 225, or

Frazer to co-chair UNCF event

Jeanne Frazer, president of vitalink, a branding and marketing firm based in Raleigh, and a founding partner of HBCUgrow, has been named a co-chair for the Raleigh-Durham 2016 UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, to be held March 19 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Partnership for Community Care receives accreditation

Partnership for Community Care, which provides medical care to the Medicaid recipients in in Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties, has received a three-year accreditation in intensive case management from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Heart Association to hold black-tie event

The American Heart Association in Guilford County will hold its black-tie Guilford Heart Ball on January 23 at The Elm Street Center in Greensboro, and will donate to local schools new donated athletic balls it is collecting at designated drop-off locations.

Winston-Salem Foundation accepting awards nominations

The Winston-Salem Foundation is accepting nominations for The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, which is given each year to a local resident for leadership in a community activity or on behalf of a community organization, and for the ECHO Award, which honor people and informal groups who are building connections among people.

The Winston-Salem Foundation Award includes a $10,000 cash grant to a charitable organization selected by the winner, and ECHO Award winners receive $1,000 each to donate to a charitable organization of their choice.

March 4 is the deadline for submitting nominations. The foundation will announce recipients of both award at its Community Luncheon on May 4.

Elon Law creates guardian ad litem clinic

The Elon University School of Law in Greensboro has created a Guardian ad Litem Appellate Advocacy Clinic.

At the clinic, the first of its kind in North Carolina, law students will work under the supervision of a faculty member to represent the interests of abused and neglected children in appeals of juvenile matters in the state Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court.

Nonprofit team up for career fair

Four local nonprofits are teaming up for a free career fair on February 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1830-B Tillery Place in Raleigh.

Partnering with host nonprofit Passage Home to help connect area job-seekers with employment are PartnerNCWorks, Dress for Success and StepUp Ministry.

People looking for a job or thinking about a career change will have the opportunity to speak with representatives of different fields of work, such as nursing, customer service, administrative and warehouse jobs.

Music Academy to hold gala

The Music Academy of North Carolina will present a musical fundraising gala on March 5 that will feature performances by faculty and friends, alumni, and merit-scholarship students, as well as a silent auction.

All proceeds from the event, to be held at Revolution Mill Events Center at 900 Revolution Mill Drive in Greensboro, will support The Music Academy’s general operations and student scholarships.

Duke gets $500,000

Duke University has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund two professorships for new female faculty in its computer-science and electrical- and computer-engineering departments.

ArtsGreensboro awards teacher art grants

ArtsGreensboro has awarded Teacher Art Grants ranging from $125 to $1,500 to 15 teachers for arts projects in grades kindergarten through 12th grade in local public and private schools.

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